Mojave Mars Simulant
MMS-1: Mojave Mars Simulant 1 (MMS-1) is based on original research conducted by NASA/JPL in 2007 supporting the Mars Phoenix mission. Our MMS-1 simulant is composed of Saddleback Basalt from the same sources used by the JPL. Whole rocks are crushed to aggregate, then sift-separated by grain size. Sifted and filtered MMS-1 is then sterilized by baking and vacuum packed.
MMS-2: Enhanced Mojave Mars Simulant 2 (MMS-2) is a chemically enriched blend of Mars regolith simulant. Based on MMS-1, we add Iron III Oxide, Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Oxide and Calcium Oxide. The addition of these compounds changes the Aluminum Oxide : Iron Oxide ratio. This ratio is critical - on Earth, aluminum oxides are dominant, while iron oxides are more abundant on Mars. By changing the Al:Fe Ratio, we can get MMS-2 closer to the chemical composition of Mars than any other Martian simulant.
XRD/XRF Chemical Analysis Report: MMS-1 / MMS-2
Safety Data Sheet: MMS-1 / MMS-2
Original NASA/JPL Research: Mojave Mars Simulant: Characterization of a new geologic Mars analogue.